Office of Career Services Mission Statement

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					   Office of Career Services Mission Statement
The primary purpose of the Office of Career Services is to aid individuals in formulating,
evaluating, and implementing work and life goals.

Career development should be fostered during the entire period of an individual's
involvement with the institution.




                              Career Planning Goals

1. Disseminate information on the availability of career counseling through:
       a. official college publications, student handbooks, career services brochures,
          bulletin board announcements, faculty, websites, and campus media
       b. presentations to academic classes, academic advisors, administrators, alumni
          chapters, admissions programs, residence hall programs, student development
          activities and events, athletics, and campus student organizations

2. Provide career counseling through regularly scheduled appointments with
   individuals and with groups, and through seminars, workshops, and special
   programs.

3. Provide career counseling to students at any point in their college experience.
   Students should be encouraged to take advantage of career services as early as
   possible.

4. Help students explore occupational areas through part - time employment, summer
   jobs, internships, field placements, volunteering, special projects, and informational
   interviews with practitioners.

5. Make career information available through planned programs; maintain an up - to -
   date career library that includes information on self-assessment, occupations,
   prospective employers, organizational structure, job market outlook and conditions,
   trends, and demands.

6. Offer a variety of methods in which the student can explore career options (e.g.
   reading materials, computer software, Internet sites, alumni connections, vocational
   interest testing).
           Job Search / Graduate School Assistance Goals

1. Disseminate information on the availability of job search assistance, services and
   counseling through:
       a. official college publications, student handbooks, career services brochures,
          bulletin board announcements, faculty, websites, and campus media
       b. presentations to academic classes, academic advisors, administrators, alumni
          chapters, admissions programs, employer visits, residence hall programs,
          student development activities and events, athletics, and student organizations

2. Register students, alumni, faculty, and staff who wish to use services.

3. Collect and maintain up-to-date records, credentials, and career/counseling
   information on student, alumni, faculty, and staff customers.

4. Proactively seek group and classroom opportunities to conduct sessions,
   presentations, or workshops on job searching and OCS services.

5. Plan, schedule, and implement workshops for students on job searching issues.

6. Discuss the legal issues as well as the ethical obligations of students, employers,
   and faculty involved in the employment process.

7. Arrange individual and groups sessions to help students:
       a. assess and relate to the labor market their interests, aptitudes, skills, values,
          life style, education, and experience.
       b. establish short and long range work goals and implement action plans to
          achieve those goals through graduate or professional preparation or
          immediate employment.
       c. collect and provide information on current and projected employment
          opportunities and employers; information should be provided through a
          variety of means (e.g., employers, alumni, faculty, reading material).
       d. by offering a variety of approaches to promote candidate/employer contacts
          such as participating in job/career fairs, employer information sessions, etc.
       e. by providing information concerning graduate and professional academic
          programs.